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William Caballero

Associate Teaching Professor of Horn

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William Caballero joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in May 1989, coming from the Principal Horn post with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Previously he had been a member of l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Hartford Symphony. 

Caballero also has played and been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Houston Grand Opera, l'Opera de Montreal, the Opera Company of Boston, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. Summer Festivals include The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Bellingham Music Festival of Bellingham, Washington.


Judith Cagley

Artist Lecturer in Solfege and in Dalcroze Pedagogy

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Judi Cagley currently serves as Artist Lecturer in Solfege, Administrative Coordinator of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center, Eurhythmics Instructor in the Music Preparatory School and faculty advisor to Alpha Mu Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.

In addition to volunteering with the Education Department of the Pittsburgh Opera, Cagley plays violin in The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, is a member of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She holds a B.F.A. and Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from Carnegie Mellon, a master's degree in education from Duquesne University and a Certificate in Gifted Education from Carlow University.


Andrés Cárdenes

Dorothy Richard Starling & Alexander Speyer Jr. University Professor
 of Violin, Music Director of Orchestral Studies

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Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.

Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has collaborated with many of today’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

This year and next Mr. Cárdenes continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti. Released in 2009 are recordings of concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Barber and David Stock on the Artek and Albany labels. Plans to record Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto and the new version of the Viola Concerto are slated for 2012, along with other sonata recordings with pianist Ian Hobson. A recording of the complete works for violin by Leonardo Balada was released on Naxos in January 2011, with the complete Sonatas by Hindemith and the Beethoven Violin Concerto on Artek, to be released in the fall of 2011. Cárdenes’s discography includes over two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.

As an ambassador for music of our time, Mr. Cárdenes has commissioned and premiered over 65 works by American and Latin American composers such as David Stock, Leonardo Balada, Ricardo Lorenz, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Roberto Sierra, and Marilyn Taft Thomas. His concerto repertoire includes over 100 works, ranging from the Baroque era to the present.

Mr. Cárdenes has twice served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and in 2011 will join the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and an indefatigable spokesperson for the arts, Mr. Cárdenes has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts, most notably from the cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai and the Mexican Red Cross. He was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 1997 Classical Artist of the Year and received the 2001 “Shalom” Award from Kollell’s International Jewish Center for promoting world harmony and peace through music.

Mr. Cárdenes was appointed Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and departed after the 2010 season to concentrate on his conducting, solo and chamber music careers.


Andrew Carlisle

Artist Lecturer, Director of Piping

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Andrew Carlisle, an internationally known, award-winning bagpiper from Northern Ireland, was named Carnegie Mellon director of piping in 2010. Carlisle will lead the university's pipe band, orchestrate its participation in competitions, university events and ceremonies, and promote the School of Music's bagpipe major. He succeeds James McIntosh, who has served as interim director since Alasdair Gillies left the university last fall.

Carlisle comes from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where he has taught in the undergraduate music program and has directed the university's Traditional Irish Ensemble.


W. Colby Carson

Director of Recruitment & Enrollment

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Prior to joining the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Colby Carson served as Director of Admission at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Colby was previously Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Colby holds a master of arts in arts administration from The Florida State University College of Music, where he began working in admissions in 2009. Before returning to FSU, where he also received a bachelor in choral music education, Colby was a high school chorus teacher in Orlando, Florida.


Mark Carver

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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American pianist Mark Carver was born in Mobile, Alabama and received his earliest musical training in Pittsburgh, PA from Jerry Veeck and Lorraine Gaal Landefeld. Other teachers include Natalie Phillips and Ralph Zitterbart. International artists with whom he has studied are Earl Wild, Jorge Bolet, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Ozan Marsh, John Ogdon, Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, and Pierre Sancan. He has studied at the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, Académie Internationale d'Été, Nice, France, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Carver holds the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music.

He made his début with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and has been a guest artist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Plum Creek Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra. He has appeared in recital at Steinway Hall, NY, and his début at age 17 at Carnegie Hall, NY, was with the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble in the première of Introduction and Allegro by Philip Catelinet.

"Total command" and "delightful" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) are words used to describe Carver's performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the River City Brass Band. Called "a stalwart presence in the local music scene" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), his accompanying for the Pittsburgh Camerata has been regarded as "refined and tasteful" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).  His work has also been acclaimed by The American Record Guide, Chamber Music America magazine, and Epoch Times.

His discography includes “Jessica Rivera Sings Romantic Music for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano,”Spanish-American Songs” by Urtext Digital Classics label (www.urtextonline.com), and “Sacred Songs and Interludes: Music of Nancy Galbraith” with the Pittsburgh Camerata (www.pittsburghcamerata.org). 

Carver has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Carnegie Award, the National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship, the Pittsburgh Concert Society Youth and Major auditions, the Carnegie Mellon University Chamber Music Prize, and the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Award. He was the Grand Prize winner at the Cincinnati World Competition in 1975, which included a grant for summer study in France. He has been Artist-in-Residence for the Irma Gonzales Curso Magistral de Verano at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico City, and the James Madison University German Liederkurs in Freiberg, Germany. He currently serves as Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of Music Ministries at the church of St. Margaret of Scotland in Green Tree, Pa.


Rebecca Cherian

Artist Lecturer in Trombone

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Rebecca Cherian is Co-Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is a founding board member of the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC) and was the editor of the IWBC newsletter for four years. Ms. Cherian began her professional career at the age of 16 as trombonist with the San Jose Symphony. At the age of 17, she appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, after winning first prize in the San Francisco Symphony's Young Musicians' Awards. Ms. Cherian also received the Atwater Kent Brass Award and the Outstanding Chamber Music Player Award at the Yale School of Music. Ms. Cherian earned her B.M. degree from the California Institute of the Arts and her M.M. degree from the Yale School of Music. Before becoming a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1989, she held the position of Principal Trombone with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She was also faculty trombone instructor at the Hartt School of Music, University of Connecticut in Storrs, and Wesleyan University.


Alec Chien

Artist Lecturer in Piano Literature & Repertoire

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Pianist Alec Chien received his bachelor's, master's and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, studying under Adele Marcus. Grand Prize Winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition, and the Affiliate Artists Xerox Piano Program, he has performed in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras in countries on four continents, including Australia, Austria, People’s Republic of China, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Taiwan.

Among the major symphony orchestras which he has been featured as soloist are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He was one of the 25 Steinway artists performing at the Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City to celebrate the piano company's 135th anniversary as well as its 500,000th piano. That commemorative piano has been brought to Allegheny twice for his solo recitals. Chien is also actively performing in chamber music, having appeared with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Alexander String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and an upcoming performance with the Ariel Woodwinds Quintet.

Chien is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music chairing the Music Department at the Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where he was declared “adopted native son” by the mayor of Meadville. Having concluded a seven-concert series performing all 32 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonatas, he endeavors to present an eight-concert series devoting to the major works of Franz Schubert and Frederic Chopin. A firm believer in bringing music to Meadville and its surrounding communities, where he was honored as the city’s “adopted native son,” Chien has brought his music to the Crawford County school districts, performing and speaking to students in both the high school and elementary school levels. His recitals have also been part of the Bicentennial Celebrations of the cities of Meadville and Erie as well as currently, Allegheny College in 2015. Active in his community, Chien is involved in local efforts such as Partner-in-Education, the Neighborhood Family Centre and Grief-Relief and Other Workshops (GROW). He and his wife, Brenda, have three daughters - Brianna, Mikayla Trousdale with her husband Joel and Bethany. In the Fall of 2013, he joined the piano faculty of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music teaching Piano Literature & Repertoire for graduate piano majors. While he will continue at Carnegie Mellon, Professor Chien is retiring from his post at Allegheny College with 2014-2015 being his last teaching year there.


Denis Colwell

Head & Associate Professor; Jack G. Buncher Chair for the head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music

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Currently Head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Denis Colwell served as Assistant Head of the School from 1988 to 1995, and has served on its faculty since 1993. 

Colwell was Music Director of the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble from 1993 to 2011, and his 1996 recording with that group was hailed as "…one of the best band recordings in recent years…" by the American Record Guide (March/April 1996). 

From 1994 to 2009 Colwell served as Music Director of the River City Brass Band and performed over 1,400 concerts with that ensemble throughout the USA. He joined the group as a cornetist in 1982, and was ultimately  promoted to Assistant Principal Solo Cornet. In 1991 he was named Associate Conductor of the River City Brass Band by its founder and first music director Robert Bernat. Colwell assumed all conducting duties in May 1994, and the responsibilities of music director were added six months later. 

Colwell studied trumpet performance both as an undergraduate and graduate student with the legendary Anthony L. Pasquarelli at Carnegie Mellon. Colwell was founder of the Carnegie Mellon Youth Brass Band and the River City Youth Brass Band, and served as conductor of both ensembles.